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The Top Income Careers: Are they Right for You?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Everyone’s not cut out to be a doctor or a surgeon. Those are two of the highest paid professions in the United States. But not only is the education required out of many people’s budgets and time constraints, but everyone isn’t well-suited for the lifestyles required in those particular types of work.

Other top paying careers in the US, according to the Employment Policy Foundation, include careers like:

•    Pilots
•    Electronic and electrical engineers
•    Computer and information systems managers
•    Lawyers

If you’re hoping to get into a top paying career but aren’t sure about all the time and money necessary to get one of them, then you should consider technical schools to get into the field that interests you. Technical schools and career colleges offer advanced education to help people get jobs as paralegals, electronic technicians, computer technicians, aircraft mechanics and medical assistants.

Those are excellent jobs that can help you determine if you want to get further education in the field and go on to higher paid positions and more lucrative careers in those fields. They can also serve to help you get employment in the field, which can help when it comes time to apply for the prestigious and selective universities. So look into technical schools today if you’re unsure about your future career goals and look at what’s available that can start benefiting you right now instead of 4 years from now.

**The salaries listed above are just an average range and may be higher or lower based on the location you are employed in, as well as the varying bonus and commission rates included for the chosen field. Metropolitan cities are typically on the higher end of the pay scales. Salaries are cited from Payscale.com, Indeed.com and the US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor

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Need a job? Start tweeting!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

We all know that social networking sites can help you lose your job or keep you from getting a job when used wrongly.  But can social networking help you land a job?  Surprisingly, yes!

With a dragging economy and high unemployment, companies and job searchers are using non-traditional ways to find work or advertise open positions.  In fact, Twitter, a social networking site that allows you to type up to 140 characters in your status is becoming an unlikely way to find or advertise a job.  While many people see Twitter as a place to post mundane daily activities, job seekers are putting the site to work.

First and most basic of Twitter job searching tips is to consider your post.  If you’re going to use Twitter as a job searching outlet, you must realize your tweets must be more professional and less about your personal life.  As you start following job recruiters or other professionals in the industry, it would be better to post a job-related or skill-related post, such as “Looking for an opportunity to showcase my strong graphic design skills” rather than “Can’t wait for girls’ night and margaritas. Goin’ to get crazy!”

Searching for companies or job openings on Twitter can truly be like searching for a needle in a haystack.  Because posts are limited to only 140 characters it can be hard to include every keyword you may be looking for.  So, while it is important to include the exact keywords you want, don’t be too specific, or you may miss something great.  Also, become familiar with acronyms such as “NAJ” (need a job) and using abbreviations such as “admin” for administration.

Go straight to the source!  Many Twitter websites are specifically designed to help you find a job.  @JobAngels , a grassroot movement to help people find work, posts multiple job opportunities each day.  Searching the term #jobangels can help you find others looking for work or advertising work.  Other sites to follow to find a job are @jobshouts and @TwitHire.

So, if you’re looking for a job, you may not necessarily need to get off Twitter and start looking.  Finding work could be right at the tip of your fingertips if you use your social networking site wisely.  Stop posting about how bored you are and get to work—literally!

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Jobless Rate Meter – Where Do You Rank?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It’s been proven in study after study – a college education both improves earning power throughout your lifetime, and also helps move you out of unemployment lines faster. The difference in salary between merely earning a high school diploma and an Associate degree is interesting. The difference between earning a diploma and a Bachelor’s degree can be massive.

Earlier this spring, the national numbers of jobless had begun to rise quickly, if expectedly. Then they kept going right on through the summer. Then they hit double digits as the number of people losing work hit decade highs, then generational highs. But what we were watching all these months was an national average estimate, not the hard numbers.

Shan Carter, Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy, three reporters from the New York Times, decided to take a closer look. They based their investigation on four simple classifications: race, sex, age and education level. What they found is that the national unemployment average was anything but average for some types of people. Some of the statistics they uncovered may shock you, especially when it comes to high school dropouts.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/06/business/economy/unemployment-lines.html

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Not so middle ground in technical and trades careers

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

There’s a common belief that in order to find a job in this economy, or in the future, one must have a college degree. So, it’s no surprise that an emphasis has been placed on higher education in the recent years.

But, it turns out, that’s not the full story.  A new study shows demand for workers to fill jobs in the middle of the labor market will continue to grow.

The Workforce Alliance and Bureau of Labor Statistics have conducted the study about “middle skill” jobs and how they are still an important part of the workforce and are even seeing growth in some areas. “Middle skill” jobs require technical training beyond high school but not necessarily earning a Bachelor’s degree or higher. These middle skill jobs have seen a slight decrease in recent years, but still make up roughly half of the workforce, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Workforce Alliance concluded that the healthcare, various construction-related, and maintenance/repair professionals will see the most increase through 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states:

  • Healthcare jobs with sub-baccalaureate education and training requirements will vary from 20 to 40%
  • Employment in 5 skilled construction crafts is expected to grow by 10 to 15% and provide 4.6 million job openings
  • Employment in installation/maintenance/repair and transportation will grow at similar rates and together generate more than 4 million additional openings

These jobs can range in occupation – from respiratory therapist to dental hygienist to construction. The Workforce Alliance is also reaching out to state policy makers to craft legislation to guarantee two years of training beyond high school to help meet the demand.

What Career is Right for Me? Take the Aptitude Test and Find Out!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Deciding what you want to do with your life – or even the next 10 years – can be intimidating! Career aptitude tests help you find careers that suit you best by assessing how compatible your personality, skills and interests are with certain careers.

Aptitude tests will ask you to evaluate certain aspects of yourself like if you’re good at communicating with others, if you enjoy math or if you like working on computers. From there, you will generally fill out whether you strongly agree, agree, are neutral, disagree or strongly disagree.

After the aptitude test has calculated your results, you will have a list of careers that fit well with your personality.

Your dream career isn’t waiting for you so stop waiting for it! Fill out an aptitude test now!

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